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IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 120: Pleasure and Care, I: Pastoral and Legal Aspects

Monday 1 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Naama Cohen-Hanegbi, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Naama Cohen-Hanegbi, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Paper 120-aTwo Different Conceptions of Pleasure in 14th-Century Italy and England: Simone Fidati and Richard Rolle
(Language: English)
Xavier Biron-Ouellet, Département d'Histoire, Université du Québec à Montréal
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Paper 120-bThe Meaning of Pleasure, Suffering, and Spiritual Joy in Cretan Hieromonk Nathanael Bertos' Sermons
(Language: English)
Patricia Prost, Département d'histoire, Université du Québec à Montréal / Université de Rouen Normandie
Index terms: Daily Life, Mentalities, Rhetoric, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 120-cMedieval English Common Law Jury Sequestration: Prohibition, the Pleasures of Food and Drink, and Gluttony
(Language: English)
William E. Bolton, Department of English, Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Law, Lay Piety

The late Middle Ages saw a proliferation of works dedicated to the advancement of giving care in the disciplines of religion, medicine, and law. This growing attention to the well-being of the public and individual was pursued through the consideration of emotional habits and states; within this discourse pleasure was understood as a central affect. The session will discuss the theoretical and practical formulation of pleasure within the encounter of caregivers - priests, physicians, men of the law - and penitents, patients, juries, and offenders. Special emphasis will be given to the conjunction between disciplines in instigating shifts and changes in the understanding of the function and practices of pleasure. The first session will focus on the religious sphere and the attitudes developed towards pleasure in different geographical and social contexts and how it influences legal procedures.